From its beginnings in 2009 when local group Together in Mission responded to the need for an Annual, Affordable, Exciting family day out in Mortimer, Mortimer Fun Day has grown into being the highlight of the Mortimer calendar having been taken over by MVP in 2011.
Although the event has grown, now attracting upwards of 5000 people and taking over the Fairground on the first Saturday in July, the aim has stayed the same… a low-cost day out for families in Mortimer and the surrounding area featuring: top programmed of Arena events, as well as local dance troops and other performers, Craft and Market row stalls, Fun Dog show, Classic cars ….and of course Food outlets, Refreshment and Beer Tents,
Local Organisations including Scouts, Sports Clubs, WI, Charities etc. have stalls to promote their organisations and also run games or activities for everyone to take part in, including the ever-popular, traditional games such as Welly-Wanging, Crockery smashing, Coconut shy, Netball competition, Hoola Hoops, Skittles as well as new ideas every year.
Local services such as Mortimer Fire Brigade and the local First Responders take part as do local church groups and the Parish Council. It has become and will remain an all-inclusive event with something to appeal to every age and interest.
MVP does not aim to make money from the event bearing all the overheads of the event (with enormous support from and thanks to local sponsors) - insurance, marquee hire, PA Systems, security, toilet hire etc. as well as subsidising things like the large inflatable slides and games, and bungee trampoline so that the tickets are significantly cheaper than the usual commercial price. In addition to financial support many of our sponsors give time and resources to help us run things well.
With No Entrance fee and Low Refreshment and Bar Tent prices … it all contributes to the affordability of a family day out…the original aim.
However, many local groups as well as local business are able to use the event as a fund raiser for their organisations and MVP sees that as a very positive addition to village life.